No Quarter: an Anarchist Zine about Pirates

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Bulldozing the Great Pyramids (of Georgia)

An interesting and depressing story from BoingBoing linking to the Oxford American (unfortunately Oxford American doesn’t have permanent links to their stories so I’m only linking to BoingBoing) about the destruction of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors compound in Putnam County, Georgia. The UNNM were (I’m assuming the sect is past tense because their leader Malachi Z. York is currently in prison for RICO, child molestation, and tax related charges. No offence intended) related to the Nation of Islam and Moorish Science (but not the Moorish Orthodox Church as reported on BoingBoing), and very into ancient Egyptian mythology and UFOs. Anyhow, I first heard of the Nuwaubians in UFO Religions by Christopher Partridge (ed). The article “The United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors” by Theodore Gabriel reminded me a lot of Peter Lamborn Wilson’s essay about Moorish Science in Sacred Drift: Essays on the Margins of Islam. Gabriel’s article paints the sect in a very positive light and I was very disheartened (although not surprised) to hear that York had been convicted of sex and tax charges and was in prison. The Oxford American article has a lot of amazing pictures and is well worth checking out.